The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
Ralph Fiennes directs and stars in Coriolanus as William Shakespeare's Rambo in a production that delivers heavyweight screen acting at its best.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
With its warring factions, citizen uprisings, guerrilla insurgencies, political intrigue, bloody warfare, family tensions, and homoerotic subtext, Coriolanus is one of the year's best political thrillers.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Coriolanus leaves an acrid, unfinished taste. Fiennes, making his directorial debut, gets into the meat of the thing, and he takes advantage of the bluntness of the text; even Shakespeare newcomers will be able to follow along.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Brian Cox is especially good, and slippery, as Menenius, a Roman senator.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Think "The Hurt Locker," which shares a cinematographer in Barry Ackroyd with no damage to the Bard's bruising poetry. Neat trick.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Martius comes to a bad end, while Mr. Fiennes achieves a great beginning. As a director, his grasp exceeds his daring reach, and his performance stands as a chilling exemplar of psychomartial ferocity.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Here, in his best performance since "Spider," Fiennes plays the snarling, entitled general Caius Martius Coriolanus, whose bloody brow and bald head are stained with what's left of his soldiers.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Fiennes thrives under his own direction, but such is his sense of balance that everyone else thrives, too.
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By Stephanie Zacharek
Fiennes works hard to keep the rhythm going: He stages hand-to-hand combat sequences and knife fights as if he were making a smart action movie, not adapting Shakespeare, which is precisely the point.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Vanessa Redgrave nimbly plays Coriolanus' mother, Volumnia, a blend of formidable stage mother and a puppeteering power behind the throne.
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79 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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